Richard R. Erb Sr.: Fulton’s 2009 veteran of year

Richard R. Erb Sr., 83 of Sharp Road, Fulton, passed away Aug. 5 surrounded by family and friends.

He was a lifelong resident of Fulton, graduating from Fulton High School. After returning from military service, he worked at and retired from Nestle Co.

During his earlier years, Richard served in the Marine Corps, having fought in the Korean War and the battle at the Chosin Reservoir.

He received the Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.

In retirement, Richard was actively involved as a member of the Merton R. Kemp Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League, having served as its president in 1995.

He also was deeply involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Fulton Veteran’s Council. In 2009, he was honored as Fulton’s Veteran of the Year and in 2012 was inducted into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

In his free time, Richard loved being with his family and friends and could be seen volunteering much of his time to various local organizations, including Toys-For-Tots.

Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Erb in 1996 and step-daughter, Sharon Parkhurst in 2013.

Surviving are his loving wife, Florence Jenkins Erb of Fulton; three sons, Robert (Kathy) Cline of Hannibal, Richard (Amy) Erb Jr. of Virginia and Mark Erb of Martville; three step-sons, Samuel (Gena) Parkhurst, Larry Parkhurst and Leonard (Tammy) Parkhurst all of Fulton; a step-daughter, Patricia Vincent of Fulton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services were Aug. 10 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, with burial and full military honors at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, county Route 3 in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toys-For-Tots, 203 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126; Fulton Veteran’s Council, c/o Walk of History, PO Box 93, Fulton, NY 13069 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

The family would like to thank Oswego County Hospice and a special thanks to Debbie C. for the wonderful care provided.

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